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Bexley joins movement to support local businesses
Bexley has joined the 3/50 Project, a national movement to support independently-owned shops and restaurants.
In an effort to steer business away from large, chain retailers, the 3/50 Project requests that shoppers visit three locally-owned businesses a month and spend at least $50.
According to the project's Web site, for every $100 spent in locally-owned independent stores, $68 returns to the community through taxes, payroll and other expenditures. If $100 is spent at a national chain, only $43 remains locally, and the community receives nothing from online purchases.
Development Director Bruce Langner said the city would distribute flyers throughout the community to promote the initiative.
"It's an interesting concept," Langner said. "It keeps money in the city."
More information is available at www.the350project.net.
In other news, Boy Scout Anthony Murdoch will sell child-size bicycle helmets at the Aug. 8 Bexley Farmer's Market for $8.50 as part of his Eagle Scout Project.
Murdoch hopes to raise enough money to cover the material cost of benches that he plans to build for the community garden, Langner said.
Bexley's project to repair all sidewalks in the city should begin within the next few weeks, Service Director Bill Harvey said.
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